Nicaragua bespoke holiday, fire, water and revolution

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nicaragua bespoke holiday, fire, water and revolution

Environment

Travel and tourism can both benefit and damage the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. We know how mass tourism, unrestricted hotel building, poorly devised tours and environmentally destructive activities can bring money flooding in and governments have, in a spirit of short termism, been tempted to accept them. But experience teaches us that in the long term this sort of uncontrolled activity can be detrimental to the country's development.

As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. We work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants. When selecting accommodation, we give preference to hotels, lodges and cruise vessels which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices.

On this holiday you will visit the Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve, an area measuring approximately 4,500km2 and boasting more species of trees, birds and insects than are found in all of Europe. Your tour through the reserve will be in the company of an expert guide who will ensure that you stick to the designated 2km Bartola Trail – this will minimise the impact of your visit to this protected and fragile environment. Your guide will also help you to observe the abundant wildlife in a responsible manner by keeping noise to a minimum and avoiding contact with the species spotted, some of which may include various species of frogs, monkeys and sloths.

You will experience Nicaragua’s cities on foot: in Granada you will enjoy walking tours that take in each city’s highlights whilst having little or no impact on the environment and we encourage you to explore León by walking its streets during a day at leisure. By choosing a walking tour we have made a conscious effort to minimise your carbon footprint and it will give you the chance to witness the impressive, ongoing restoration process to conserve Granada’s historical buildings; the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003.

Community

Throughout this holiday you will stay in accommodation which reflects the character of the place you are visiting or which engages with the local community. For example, in León you will stay in Hotel El Convento, an atmospheric former convent which has been carefully restored to capture a sense of the city’s colonial past with many original architectural features of the 17th-century building being retained.

We also endeavour to find accommodation which applies energy-saving techniques wherever possible. Your accommodation in the small town of Rio San Juan is a family-run hotel called Hotel Victoria; just a short stroll from the centre of the vehicle-free village it also offers the option of staying moments from the Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve in what they call the ‘Casa del Canal’. A self-
sustainable building it uses photovoltaic energy and fresh water from nearby springs to generate its power. The hotel’s restaurant also uses local produce in its cuisine offering typical dishes from San Juan, including fish such as Guapote and Róbalo, as well as their speciality: the giant river shrimp. Your hosts are also well-placed and more than happy to recommend local restaurants and cafés in town, such as Borders Café which is located away from the main drag, which means you can contribute to the local economy during your visit.

Another accommodation option in town is Luna Del Rio Hotel; here the host Margarita will either take you to a local restaurant or order your food and have it delivered to the hotel - she makes sure to visit different restaurants each night so that the money is spread around equally amongst the town’s restaurateurs. Your stay in Rio San Juan will give you an insight into life in a rural Nicaraguan community and provide you with an authentic experience and the opportunity to engage with local life.

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